Sandy Ridge Trail System - Full Tour

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Rank: #1 in the Sandy Ridge Trail System area
#3 in OR, #21 Overall
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Featured Ride in the area near Sandy,
“Excellent flow and downhill singletrack; an exceptional gravity experience.”
Leslie Kehmeier on Aug 19, 2013
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15.224.4 milesKilometers 2,751’838 m Ascent 2,592’790 m High 7% Avg Grade (4°)
80% Singletrack -2,750’-838 m Descent 1,048’319 m Low 20% Max Grade (12°)
One of the Bureau of Land Management's "Backyard to Backcountry" treasures, this trail was developed bewteen IMBA and the local Salem, Oregon BLM office to provide world-class riding experiences.

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2:15 average time for 15.3 miles. Details

The Sandy Ridge Trail System provides new trail opportunities specifically designed for mountain bikers in the foothills of the Cascade Range. Located on a ridge just west of Mount Hood and above the Sandy River, the trail system winds through a typical Western Oregon forest of Douglas-fir, western hemlock, western red cedar, and various hardwood species.

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Two new trails, Follow the Leader and Flow Motion opened July 4th 2013, adding to the awesome riding found at Sandy Ridge.
Need To Know
USER NOTICE: Timber harvest adjacent to Sandy Ridge is complete. No additional hauling is expected on Homestead Road/USFS 14. Thanks to all users for exercising caution during this period.
The Sandy Ridge Full Tour is comprised of three different downhill runs and is an excellent way to see most of the trail system.

Starts with a pedal up Homestead Road to the lower trailhead to the upper kiosk.

First run: Jump on Follow the Leader (like eating dessert first!)and get your thrills on the very first run. Although it starts mellow with a few big boulders and a couple of scree fields, the excitement and challenge ramp up quickly after fording Little Joe Creek. From there, the trail drops 350 feet in the next mile with some exposure and big grade reversals.

At the bottom make a right and dump out to Homestead and pedal back up to the top.

The second helping will have your your legs and arms burning by then end. Tackle Rock Drop, a short climb to access Communication Breakdown. Settle in for a bit more pedaling - you'll be rewarded with a couple of stellar views and a steady descent to Quid Pro Flow. Frm here enjoy some jump action with big tables, rollers and a few hips.

Roll into Three Thirty Eight for a short connection to Two Turntables and a Microwave. Drop in off a shallow rock slab and then whip through a few tight berms. From there the trail stretches out and travels pretty fast into a big berms. The bottom portion of the trail is fast, loose and tight. Have fun and hang on tight!

Join Hide and Seek briefly above a major creek crossing. Check your speed before rumbling over the wet armored section that make a tight right hand turn into a bridge. From here, ride theHide and Seek connector back out to Homestead Road.

And now for the finale!

Turn left and pedal up a short distance to the Flow Motion connector. Take a right and pedal up a bit and then bear right again.

Ready for some fun? Charge down Flow Motion, a trail with incredible soil and more than fifteen berms. The trail drops 275 feet through a Doulglas Fir and Hemlock forest.

Finish the ride by transitioning to long carving tuns of lower Hide and Seek.
History & Background
Trails created with work from the BLM, IMBA and many other volunteer groups.

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PHOTOS of Sandy Ridge Trail System - Full Tour
  4.9 from 9 votes
First big hit on Follow the Leader (Sandy, OR)
  5.0 from 1 vote
Rock drop on the Rock Drop trail (Mount Hood Village, OR)
  4.7 from 6 votes
IMBA video of Sandy Ridge (Sandy, OR)
  4.8 from 4 votes
One of the highlights of Follow the Leader - overhang section high on th... (Sandy, OR)
  4.8 from 4 votes
Gettin' air on the berms and rollers section of Follow the Leader (Sandy, OR)
  4.5 from 4 votes
A quick intense rock garden on Quid Pro Flow (Sandy, OR)
  4.3 from 3 votes
Rolling through the wet armored section above the bridge (Sandy, OR)
  4.3 from 3 votes
A rare awesome view out of the trees from Sandy Ridge. (Sandy, OR)
  4.3 from 3 votes
Sandy Ridge Trail System, random biker jumping first popup at the top of... (Sandy, OR)
  4.3 from 4 votes
Flowing through the green at Sandy Ridge (Sandy, OR)
  4.0 from 3 votes
Big air with options - available on Quid Pro Flow (Sandy, OR)
  4.0 from 2 votes
Awesome view of the valley. (Mount Hood Village, OR)
  3.8 from 4 votes
A quick hit of rollers before Cody's Kicker (Sandy, OR)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Quick scenic scree field on the lower section of Follow the Leader (Sandy, OR)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Winter time looking out from Two Turntables and a Microwave over the val... (Mount Hood Village, OR)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Rock garden right after Communication Breakdown turns into Quid Pro Flow (Mount Hood Village, OR)
  2.5 from 2 votes
Bermy berms on Quid Pro Flow (Mount Hood Village, OR)